ANAHEIM – Patrick Sandoval gave up five runs in three innings in his last bid for a spot on the Angels’ opening day schedule on Wednesday-evening.
Sandoval started the Angels’ 5-4 loss to the San Diego Padres, the last exhibition game for the opener on Friday in Oakland.
The Angels start the season with a spin from Andrew Heaney, Dylan Bundy, Shohei Ohtani, Griffin Canning and Matt Andriese, but Sandoval was in the race for sixth place. The Angels occasionally need a sixth starter because Ohtani pitches every seven days, while the other starters work every five or six.
Sandoval didn’t allow a hit and faced the at least six batters in the first two innings. In the third, the inning was built with five runs on six basehits, including two that didn’t leave the infield. The inning was halted with two outs because of Sandoval’s pitch-count.
Andriese then threw two scoreless innings.
Offensively, most Angels regulars took two at bats and then came out of the game. Andrelton Simmons doubled and homered.
The Angels’ previous two exhibition games were on the way, so this was an opportunity to watch Angel Stadium host a fanless game. There was audience sound – as all teams will use this season – and videos with highlights between the innings. However, the Angels had no cutouts from fans filling the empty seats.
Advertisements covered several sections of empty seats beyond the right field gate.
There were also no appearances on the Rally Monkey scoreboard, although the Angels were left behind in the late innings.